Let’s be honest: I have never expected that I would ever hear this sentence and take it seriously. But on this day it was an essential advice – if you want to swim with dolphins, you have to jump when your skipper tells you to jump.
But from the beginning: On a Saturday morning in August the alarm woke me up way too early. However, it was for a good reason. We wanted to go to Tamarin, get on board of a speedboat and spend a memorable day.
After the early morning fog was gone, the Mauritian winter showed us that it can be nice. The sun came out and a European would have considered it as "T-Shirt-Weather". A group of wild dolphins have chosen the coast of Flic en Flac as their natural habit. As soon as our speedboat came closer we were surrounded by a pod (term for a group of dolphins). At this spot you can find them playing almost every morning. They can dive down as fast as they pop up again. Here the exciting but also a bit exhausting part begins: As soon as the dolphins popped up we jumped into the water and swam along with them. At least, as long as they wanted us to. Once they are out of reach you get back on the boat and wait until they show up again. Then the same procedure repeats. For the first few times it was pretty hard for me, because even though I could see them far away I was not really able to get closer. But our skipper Olé was very patient with me! He explained step by step what I have to do and how I have to act. Lo and behold – it worked! The next jump was my turn. I got as close to these amazing mammals as never before. I could have stretched out my arms and touch them. In this moment a childhood dream came true. I cannot describe this feeling, you need to experience it.
After some more interactions with dolphins it was time to continue our trip. On our way to Île aux Bénitiers we stopped at some beautiful spots where we could explore the reef by snorkling. Before we reached the island we surrounded Crystal Rock, the famous rock you can find on nearly every postcard.
Arrived at the island we had some free time. Some of us used it to explore the island, others just relaxed in the sun, and others tried sea urchin. Yes, you can eat them! They are freshly cooked and served with a lot of lemon juice. At the end it tastes salty and sour with an indefinable third flavour. If you are ever given the opportunity, you should try it. I’m sure you cannot buy it at your local supermarket.
After a BBQ-Lunch consisting of sausages, fish and chicken as well as salad and a typical Mauritian dessert (flaming rum banana - you should really try it!) the second part of the day was all about relaxing and getting some tan. But every day comes to an end. After another snorkeling stop at Crystal Rock we headed back to Tamarin. Even though we were lucky during the day with the weather, Mauritius wanted to show us its typical winter: it started to rain - and not just a little bit. The weather here can change really quickly. At one time you have a perfect blue sky and only one minute later it feels like you are in a different country. The good thing is: after rain there’s sunshine – for sure!
Absolutely soggy but happy we went back home just before the sunset.
@ Victoria O.